A disambiguation term or dab term is the bit of a page title which is in parentheses. In the page title Castrovalva (TV story), the dab term is (TV story). For the benefit of your fellow editors and readers, it's important that these terms be consistently applied. It also greatly helps in the writing of templates that have to handle story titles, as well as robotic maintenance of the wiki, if the same dab terms are used to describe the same types of things.
The chart below summarises the dab terms which we use across the site.
|Do use||When you want to title||Don't use|
|(TV story)||televised narratives of any length||(episode), (television story), (television)|
|(audio story)||any sort of audio narrative, regardless of length||(audio), (audio release), (radio play)|
|(novel)||because there are no hard-and-fast definitions distinguishing between a children's book, novella and a novel, the dab term
||any term which uses the book series along with the word novel, like (EDA novel), (NSA novel) or the like — except when there is more than one novel series to use the title.|
|in-universe discussion about books and films within the DWU; this matches the in-universe category, books and films||Very rarely used, as most in-universe books, like A Christmas Carol have precedence, and therefore don't require disambiguation. For example, if both the book and movie Casino Royale were discussed in the DWU, you'd have Casino Royale (book) and Casino Royale (film).|
|(comic story)||any story that uses sequential art, of any length up to, and including the original graphic novel||(comic), (comic strip)|
|(graphic novel)||any sort of collected edition of sequential art, or sequential art which was originally published without the use of staples, or, if bound with staples, at a length over 47 pages. For the sake of consistency, we shall adopt the British definition of graphic novel for the main titles of pages.|
|(omnibus)||when you want to title a page discussing an omnibus. The most likely use of this is with IDW products. IDW omnibuses are collections of IDW trade paperbacks/graphic novels, which themselves collect IDW comic stories.||(omnibus edition), (IDW omnibus), (Pinnacle omnibus)|
|(short story)||out-of-universe articles about DWU short stories|
|(documentary)||any sort of video documentary|
|(home video)||any VHS or DVD releases of fictional narratives, regardless of production company||(video), (TV story), (DVD story), (VHS story), (BBV video), (RP video), etc.|
|(CON episode)||Doctor Who Confidential episodes||(Doctor Who Confidential episode)|
|(species)||in-universe species||(race) should be avoided, as it has dual meanings|